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Produce Inspector - Western NY Row 7 Seed Co. +1 more

  • Date Posted April 19, 2024
  • Location Geneva, NY
  • Category Agriculture / Business
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description

Founded by chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Row 7 is an organic food company built to reimagine food from seed to table.  Working in collaboration with chefs, farmers, and plant breeders, our mission is to introduce new plant varieties that bring consumers unique culinary, nutritional, and ecological value.  Since its inception five years ago, Row 7 has collaborated with stakeholders across the food chain in order to make delicious ingredients—and the stories behind them—more accessible to all.  Row 7 sells organic seeds to home gardeners and growers through our online marketplace.  In the last year, Row 7 launched a line of branded organic vegetables for sale in grocery stores throughout the Northeast and has plans to expand nationwide.

Job description

Row 7 seeks a seasonal, part-time agricultural professional to join our supply chain team and ensure the highest-quality products are delivered to our customers. The Row 7 Produce Inspector will represent Row 7 with the highest level of integrity and respect to growers and other supply chain stakeholders. This crucial role will monitor produce quality on the farm, providing continual improvement to Row 7 team members. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate and advise our team in making decisions regarding the quality of our produce.  


THIS ROLE REPORTS TO East Coast Grower Relations Manager



  • Ability to travel and support production and distribution of produce in Western New York and Finger Lake Region


  • Perform on-site, in-person  visits to Row 7’s  grower network 
  • Work proactively with growers to ensure the finished produce product meets Row 7 specifications, including post-harvest inspections during the pack and ship process
  • Review and reinforce Row 7 cut-to-cool metrics with our grower partners
  • Identify and communicate any potential timeline or quality risks. Contribute as a problem-solving thought partner in solving for risks
  • Assist in determining the root cause of any quality issue, and complete reports, monitor, and track all produce quality issues 
  • Collaborate with Row 7 produce supply chain team to develop an action plan for non-compliant product
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data points at pre-commercial trial plantings throughout the growing season
  • Maintain accurate and organized reports
  • Provide input on produce specifications based on customer and grower feedback throughout the growing process
  • Aid in documentation collection for food safety compliance
  • Provide on-the-ground support to other East Coast Produce Inspectors when needed


  • Experience working within the Northeast produce supply chain; experience within the retail produce programs a plus
  • Understanding of regional growing practices, seasonal conditions,  produce quality measures, preferably experience with row crops
  • Knowledge of general shipping and receiving practices
  • Ability to use G-Suite software for data entry and tracking
  • Organized and accountable, able to meet deadlines 
  • A skilled verbal and written communicator
  • Strong at problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Available for overnight and regular travel as needed


  • Role Classification:  Seasonal, Part-time
  • Estimate and Approximate Hours June 1 - December 15, 2024: 20 / week
  • Estimated End Date: December 15, 2024
  • Pay Rate: $27 - $30 per hour based on experience
  • Benefits including
    • Employee  Discount
    • Accrued Sick Time Off

Row 7 is committed to centering equity and justice in our work and community. We encourage LGBTQIA+, BIPOC candidates and members of other historically marginalized groups to apply.

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